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Obamacare Faces The Heat

January 23rd 2014 - Thursday

President Obama spent US$831 billion of taxpayer money on a stimulus plan for the economy. He gave nearly $50 billion in aid to GM to keep it afloat. He lost $500 million on energy company Solyndra. All in the name of saving jobs.

Yet when it comes to his own signature initiative, the president doesn’t care about American workers. He’s outsourced ObamaCare, according to New York Post.

After the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, the administration hired Accenture as the new lead contractor, says the newspaper. The deal is estimated to be worth US$90 million and is now in the hands of the poster boy for global labor arbitrage and offshore tax havens.

Accenture has 80,000 Indian workers, 35,000 in the Philippines and only 40,000 in the United States. Over 40% of their worth comes from outsourcing. In all probability, the tech jobs awarded under this contract and paid for with US tax dollars are going abroad, argues the paper.

It added “but even if the work is done locally, chances are the employees are foreigners brought in for lower wages using the controversial H-1B visa programme” – where companies are allowed to hire guest workers from abroad.

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